CHANGING OUR STRUCTURE,
FOCUSED ON OUR COMBINED FUTURE

We are excited to announce the next step in the evolution of the College, one that will be paramount to positioning the College for success into the future.

OUR VISION AND STRATEGIC PLAN

ANZCP Strategic Plan Building Blocks v2

OUR STRATEGIC FOCUS

A new Strategic Plan was created in 2016, which has established a clear direction to achieve a sustainable future for the College. This Plan has led us to continue investing in the highest level of service delivery and professional development opportunities for our Members and the profession.

 

 STRATEGIC GOALS Complete In Progress Planned
 
1. Deliver high quality education and professional development events
  Conferences and education evenings across the country
  Development of new skills / simulation workshops
  Live streaming of events
 
2. Develop and deliver innovative online learning content
  100 Online learning workshops available
  Development of specific online content
 
3. Enhance member experience and engagement
  New College website, online learning workshops, variety of education events
  Establish Member Committees
  Member blogs and groups
  Mentoring Program
  Full Learning Management System
 
4. Increase the influence of the College
  Our existing work with key stakeholders within the profession – CAA, Ambulance Services, Ministers
  Establish Paramedic Profession Committee to take a lead on profession

5. Enhance the profession through education and research
  Our current education activities
  Education Scholarship and Research Grant program
  Establish Education and Research Committees

MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES

In preparation for the National Registration rollout the College is implementing new Membership Categories that reflect the changing needs of our Members and the increased services of the College.

MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES
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 MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES Includes Membership Payment
 GENERAL MEMBER Member, Fellow $10 fortnightly
$21.66 monthly, or
$260 annually
  Life Member

$0

 

 ASSOCIATE MEMBER Associate

$10 fortnightly
$21.66 monthly, or
$260 annually

 

  Volunteer $47 annually
  Student $25 annually
  Retired $30 annually

From 1st September 2017

BOARD RESTRUCTURE

The Board is proposing a number of changes to the College Constitution to adjust the structure of the Board, make our objects more relevant and update our membership classes.

Proposed Change - Objects of the College

6. OBJECTS

6.1 Promote excellence in healthcare, and cultivate and encourage high principles of practice, ethics and professional integrity in relation to practice, education, assessment, training and research in Paramedicine.

6.2 Provide leadership, representation and advocacy on behalf of Members, to advance the practice of Paramedicine and any related issues.

6.3 Provide an informed voice to governments on issues of health policy analysis, development and reform, and provide opportunities for paramedics to be actively engaged in contributing to the health policy debate, by creating networking opportunities to advance Paramedicine within the wider health care system.

6.4 Support the undertaking of education, and continuing professional development by Members to meet their responsibilities to patients, the profession and the community.

6.5 Foster, develop and where appropriate provide education and continuing professional development programs to meet the specific needs of Members of the paramedic profession.

6.6 Work with governments and other relevant organisations to achieve the provision of adequate, qualified, experienced and capable paramedic workforces in Australia and New Zealand and to improve public health services.

6.7 Actively support, in co-operation with government, regulators and other interested parties, the national registration of paramedics.

Proposed Change - Board of Directors

7.3 Board of Directors

7.3.1 There shall be a Board of Directors of the College that shall have general control and supervision over the affairs and activities of the College, subject to the Constitution and the requirements of the Rules.

7.3.2 The College seeks to have Directors with an appropriate range of skills, knowledge, experience, independence and diversity, and an understanding of and competence to deal with current and emerging issues of the College. The Nomination Committee shall provide advice and guidance to the Board and Members in determining the most suitable persons to stand for election or be appointed to the Board.

7.3.3 The Board shall be comprised of no fewer than three (3) and no more than eight (8) Directors.

7.3.4 The Board shall include no fewer than three (3) and up to six (6) Elected Directors, of whom up to three (3) shall be Member Elected Directors, and up to three (3) shall be Non-Member Elected Directors.

7.3.5 Elected Directors shall be elected in accordance with the process set out in the Rules.

    7.3.5.1 Each Elected Director shall be elected to the Board for a term of three (3) years, with the exception of Directors elected to fill casual vacancies, and subject to anything contrary contained in the Rules.
    7.3.5.2 The process of election of Elected Directors shall be set out in the Rules.
    7.3.5.3 In the event of an Elected Director vacating office mid-term, the casual vacancy may be filled by Board appointment with input from the Nomination Committee until the next annual general meeting, at which point, if time remains in the term, the casual vacancy shall be filled by election at the next annual general meeting, for the remainder of the original three (3) year term, if any.
    7.3.5.4 A person who is appointed to the Board pursuant to clause 7.3.5.3 to fill a Member Elected Director position must be a Member.
    7.3.5.5 There shall be no limit to the number of consecutive terms an Elected Director shall serve, providing the Director is elected in accordance with the provisions of this constitution.

7.3.6 The Board may appoint up to two Board Appointed Directors in addition to the Elected Directors. Board Appointed Directors will be appointed for strategic and skill purposes to help achieve the outcomes of the College.

    7.3.6.1 Each Board Appointed Director shall be appointed to the Board for a term of one (1) year, and can serve a maximum of three (3) consecutive terms. The Board does not have to fill vacant Board Appointed Director positions if a casual vacancy occurs.
    7.3.6.2 Board Appointed Director(s) may, but are not required to, be Members of the College.

7.3.7 A Director is entitled to attend and speak at general meetings even if he or she is not a Member.

Proposed Change - Standing and Other Committees

7.5 Standing and Other Committees

7.5.1 The Board may form and delegate any of its powers to a Committee consisting of such Directors and/or other persons as it thinks fit and may from time to time revoke such delegation, as set out in the Rules.

7.5.2 Nomination Committee

    7.5.2.1 The Board shall appoint a Nomination Committee to identify candidates with appropriate skills, knowledge, experience, independence and expertise to fill any Board vacancies. The Nomination Committee shall provide advice and guidance to the Board and Members in determining the most suitable persons to stand for election or be appointed to the Board.
    7.5.2.2 The composition and operation of the Nomination Committee will be determined by the Board and detailed in the Rules and any Nominations Committee charter made by the Board.

7.5.3 Audit and Risk Committee

    7.5.3.1 The Board shall appoint an Audit and Risk Committee to review and provide guidance on the College’s governance, risk management and financial performance.
    7.5.3.2 The composition and operation of the Audit and Risk Committee will be determined by the Board and detailed in the Rules and any Audit and Risk Committee charter made by the Board.

7.5.4 The Board may from time to time appoint other Committees for general or special purposes in accordance with the Rules.

Proposed Change - Membership Classes

9.2 Member Classes

9.2.1 General Membership class

    9.2.1.1 In addition to any General Membership criteria set out in the Rules, General Members must meet the requirements of registration as Paramedics if they reside in a jurisdiction where registration as a Paramedic is required in order to practise. Where registration of Paramedics is not required in that jurisdiction in order to practise, General Membership requirements for applicants from that jurisdiction will be determined by the Board and will as far as practicable be similar to that of other jurisdictions. Other registered health professionals may be accepted from time to time if provided for in the Rules, provided they are directly linked to the delivery of Paramedicine.
    9.2.1.2 The Rules shall provide a mechanism for elevation of General Members to that of Fellow, and/or Life Member, as a Member Recognition Level, for significant contribution.
    9.2.1.3 A General Member who is recognised as a Fellow and/or Life Member of the College shall continue to have the rights of a General Member.
    9.2.1.4 The General Membership class carries all rights of Membership, provided that Members in that class have not had rights suspended under clause 8.3.1.

9.2.2 Associate Membership class

    9.2.2.1 In addition to any Associate Membership criteria set out in the Rules, Associate Membership is available to persons who wish to support and be involved with the College, and who do not meet the General Membership requirements.
    9.2.2.2 Associate Members may be designated by the Board as Student or Retired Members but shall continue to be in the Associate Membership class. The criteria and rights of Student Members and Retired Members shall be set out in the Rules.
    9.2.2.3 The Rules shall provide a mechanism for elevation of Associate Members to that of Honorary Fellow and/or Honorary Life Member, as a Member Recognition Level, for significant contribution. An Associate Member who is recognised as an Honorary Fellow and/or Honorary Life Member shall continue to have the rights of an Associate Member. Neither Honorary Fellowship nor Honorary Life Membership shall be considered a separate Membership class.
    9.2.2.4 The Associate Membership class carries all rights of Membership with the exception of standing for election to the board, and voting at general meetings, provided that Members in that class have not had rights suspended under clause 8.3.1.

9.2.3 Other designations and conditions of Membership shall be prescribed by the Board from time to time in the Rules.

FURTHER INFORMATION

We know you might have questions, so we have put together Questions and Answers for you.
You can also see the new Constitution and Rules if you are logged in.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Click here to see responses to the most common questions about this change

Q1 Why is the College undertaking this restructure?

The Board is continuously looking for ways to improve the performance and operations of the College and the overall Member experience. We feel that the new structure will offer a better way for us to offer the high quality education and benefits our Members expect, as well as giving us the opportunity to add even more value to your membership.

In addition to the focus of serving our Members, the Board undertook governance training and strategic planning in 2016. This identified the need for the Board to move towards a skill based board to be more successful. The Board has discussed this change in considerable depth, including undertaking reviews of best practice in corporate governance, receiving expert governance advice and legal input to ensure the right decision was made for the College and our Members.

 

Q2 Why is it important to make this change now?

Over the past 12 months there have been a number of opportunities presented before the College in terms of future direction, partnerships, new Member benefits and services. These opportunities have potentially long lasting financial implications and require strong business decision making skills to ensure the right decisions are made for the benefit of Members and the College. The Board has identified that the overall skillset of the current Directors has made these decisions harder than they should be and is a key reason why the Board has come to the decision for a restructure.

Another imperative for change is the upcoming move to National Registration of Paramedics in Australia in 2018, and New Zealand looks to also be heading this way also. The offerings of the College need to meet the needs of all paramedics under registration, and this presents many opportunities, as well as challenges to the College. Ensuring the College is well placed to take advantage of these opportunities, through strong decision-making, is why this change is required now.

 

Q3 Is there a financial imperative to make this change?

Yes, the income the College generates goes to the current services being provided to Members such as our conferences and education events, the improved website with added membership features, online learning and much more. The College requires increased income to meet the needs of the Member services we are providing.

The move to a skill based Board will likely open up new growth and income opportunities, which means the College being able to provide more benefits and services to our Members.

 

Q4 What are the advantages of a skill based board compared to our current College Board structure?

Over the past 6 years the College has evolved from a volunteer structure to employing full time professional staff to manage the day-to-day operations of the College. The Board traditionally was an operational committee of volunteers but the move to professional staff has removed the need for operational paramedics with a hands on approach leading the College. The College now needs a strategically focused Board with strong business skills.

The College has nine Directors who are paramedics first and foremost, but to ensure the best decisions are made the Board needs a wide range of business skills such as financial management and investment, business strategy, business partnerships and growth, risk management, new revenue streams and many more skills.

A skill based board will ensure more robust decision making with a group of Directors who are elected for their business acumen, knowledge and experience.

 

Q5 What skills will the new Board Directors require?

The General Manager in consultation with the Board has devised a skills matrix to guide the appointment of College Directors. This skill matrix is based on best practice and has been customised to meet the needs of the College.

The Directors (as a whole) will need the following skills and experience to best serve the College:

  • Governance Skills – strategy, policy development, risk management, financial performance, commercial experience and board experience
  • Strategic Focus – income diversity and growth, education and online learning, financial stability, member engagement, improved governance
  • Industry Skills – not for profit, education, innovation, communication, member services
  • Personal Attributes – integrity and ethics, effective listener and communicator, contributor and team player, critical thinker and innovator, leadership
  • Diversity – to match those of the community and the paramedic profession 

Q6 What will the composition of the new College Board be?

There will be six (6) Elected Directors. Three (3) will come from the full membership category (Full Member, Fellow), and three (3) will come from outside the membership base. All Directors will have to meet the skill requirements of the College Board.

 

Q7 How will Board Directors be elected to ensure the skill requirement is achieved?

Nominations will be called for Board Directors from College Members as is the usual custom but this will also be extended to external organisations such as the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institute of Managers and Leaders (formerly Australian Institute of Management) and other identified organisations and leaders.

Nominees will have to provide statements against set criteria (to demonstrate their business skills) as well as provide a full CV.

All nominations will then be reviewed by a newly establish Nomination Committee (made up of one senior member of the College, one external expert and one Board member not standing for election), which will review nominations against the College skills matrix. Those nominees who possess the required skills will be put before the Members, who will vote on who will be elected to the Board. Nominees without the required skills will be advised of any shortfall in skills and knowledge, so they can address if they choose to nominate again in the future.

 

Q8 With fewer members on the Board, how can the members ensure the College keeps working in our best interest?

The Objects (or focus) of the College are protected in the College Constitution and the Constitution can only be changed by a three-quarters majority vote of Members at a properly constituted General Meeting of Members.

The Board is proposing enshrining the new structure into the Constitution meaning any future changes must be approved by the Members, ensuring the College and future Board’s will always work in the best interest of Members.

The current proposed change in structure will be put before the Members at an Extraordinary General Meeting on Saturday 23 September 2017.

 

Q9 How can members continue to have input into our College?

With the move to a strategically focused skill based Board, the College wants to ensure the knowledge and skills of Members are utilised and that Members have ongoing input to the College.

As part of this new structure the College has implemented four (4) Member Committees – Education, Research, Paramedic Profession and Student Committees. These Committees will provide an opportunity for Members to have strong input into the activities of the College in their areas of expertise. No one is better placed to advise the College and Board on Paramedic Education, Research, the Profession, and Student activities than our own Members.

The new structure also requires that three (3) Members be on the Board, giving those Members with the required skills the opportunity to lead the College into the future.

 

Q10 Why do we need to hold an EGM and not just wait for the AGM usually held in October?

To put the new structure in place, we need to change the Constitution in advance of the AGM, so Director elections can take place at the upcoming AGM that match the new Constitution. If the College waits until the AGM to discuss and vote on the Constitution change, then we would need to wait another year (AGM October 2018) to initiate this new structure.

Our current planned AGM in October 2017 will be moved back to Saturday 2nd December to allow time for elections to take place after the EGM in September.

 

Q11 Where can I find more information about the re-structure?

The College will be running a number of Member Meetings in August where Directors and the General Manager will present to Members on the new structure and discuss the need for this change.

All information about this proposed change can be found on the College website – you need to login to access this content.

 

Q12 Who can I discuss this change with?

The following staff and Directors are available to discuss the restructure with any interested Member:

John Bruning, General Manager, 0419 419 085

Marty Nichols, Chair, 0438 603 418

Peter Lang, Secretary, 0427 432 370

Please note: Marty and Peter may be on shift when you call and you may need to wait for a response.

MEMBER MEETINGS
Click here to see dates for your opportunity to discuss the change with Directors and the General Manager

ALL MEMBER MEETINGS

We invite all Members of the College to join us for one (or more) of the Member Meetings in August 2017. You’ll be able to hear from the College Directors and General Manager, ask any questions you have and learn more about the reason for this change.

For those unable to attend in person we will provide a podcast online during August.

Location Date Time
Sydney – AEC Tue 1st August 7pm
Bathurst Wed 2nd August 7pm
Melbourne Thu 3rd August 6pm
Newcastle Tue 15th August 7pm
Western Sydney Thu 17th August 7pm
Gold Coast / Tweed Mon 21st August 7pm
Brisbane Tue 22nd August 7pm

As the venues are finalised we will place the meetings in the events section of the website and advise members.
www.anzcp.org.au/anzcp-events/

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